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Vintage Jewelry - The Ultimate Present for Your Wife’s Birthday


So, it’s that time of the year again – your wife’s birthday is coming up and you are looking for the best way to express your love for her. A million ideas run through your mind and you just can’t decide on the perfect gift to sweep her off her feet.

For any man out there, this can be a stressful situation – wanting so hard to make your woman feel special on her day but not knowing what to get her. You may have considered jewelry as an option because well, which woman doesn’t love jewelry? But not just any jewelry; we are talking about something different and unique – vintage jewelry. Just like many other past fashion trends, vintage jewelry is making a major comeback.

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Rich in style and history, vintage jewelry is timeless.  Not only does it look stunning, but it also has the power to take you back in time. Every vintage piece is a powerful style statement with a story behind it.

Vintage Style: What’s the Appeal

Since vintage jewelry comes in a variety of styles and shapes belonging to different eras, there is plenty to choose from. Whether you are looking for a beautifully hand-crafted bracelet or an elegant set of crystal earrings, you are sure to surprise your lady love with your choice. There are so many reasons why you can never go wrong with a vintage piece.

Vintage Is Unique

In today’s era of mass production and standardization, it becomes difficult to find jewelry that is unique in its design and appearance. With contemporary jewelry, you are likely to find the same or very similar designs wherever you look.

In the past, jewelry making was a different affair – each piece was beautifully handcrafted providing a lot of attention to detail. You will find each piece of vintage jewelry different from the other.

If your wife is someone who loves originality and standing out from the crowd, a vintage piece is sure to be a valuable addition to her jewelry collection!

Vintage is of Better Quality

If we carefully inspect a vintage piece, we often find that it looks as good as new despite being made years ago. This is because vintage jewelry is often handmade, with each piece carefully crafted to last for years to come.

You can see the amount of time and effort that has gone into getting every tiny detail just right. With a decline in the quality of materials available and a change in crafting techniques, very few manufacturers today can match the quality of an antique piece.

Vintage Jewelry Has a Story to Tell  

If your wife is someone with an interest for everything historical, she is going to love owning vintage jewelry. Every vintage piece takes you back in time to a different era and tells stories of the past. This is what makes this jewelry a lot more valuable than modern varieties.

Vintage Doesn’t Cost an Arm and A Leg

Some people may have the misconception that vintage jewelry costs more than its contemporary counterparts. Despite its growing popularity, there are many affordable options and with a bit of research, it is possible to find good value for money.

Buying online is a great option as you can take your time going over the options and find excellent deals by comparing prices of different vendors. So no more sleepless nights when deciding to buy your queen an exquisite birthday present.

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Vintage is Trendy

In the hustle and bustle of the world that we live in today, we are gradually finding ourselves returning to our roots and cherishing the beauty and simplicity of the good old days. This applies to jewelry too!

Vintage never goes out of style; it is always eye-catching and helps one stand out from the crowd whether it is worn at a party or on the red carpet. Your lady is sure to turn a few heads while flaunting her vintage jewelry and she will love you for it!

There’s Plenty of Choice

When buying vintage jewelry, there is so much choice that you are sure to find a piece that your wife will instantly fall in love with. A beautiful vintage ring featuring diamonds or stones is something that any woman would love to wear on a daily basis as a symbol of her man’s love.

Choose from designs of the Georgian era that come with simple yet elegant floral designs or if you are after something more artsy, perhaps something from the Art Deco era will be more suitable.

If your wife loves pearls, the classic pearl necklace – Pearls of Joy – is a fashion staple any woman would love to own as it’s the perfect accessory to add a touch of class and elegance to any outfit.

Pendants are another great option – they are simple yet chic and definitely very much in style. A beautiful pair of earrings or a bracelet can also be bought depending on your wife’s preferences. Pay special attention to the kind of jewelry she usually wears so that you can buy something in line with her personal style.

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At the end of the day, a good birthday present for your lady is one she will remember and cherish for years to come. It is for this very reason that vintage jewelry is the ultimate present for the most special woman in your life on her birthday.

No woman will be disappointed receiving a stunning piece of jewelry carefully selected by the man she loves. It is timeless – a good piece of jewelry will be of value now and forever. And the best thing is, there is a style to suit every personality. Whether your wife is a minimalist or someone who loves making bold fashion statements, you are sure to find a piece that will make her feel loved on her big day!

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Retro and Vintage Inspired Typography Posters

Retro and Vintage Inspired Typography Posters


I love looking at classic posters from old movies, it always takes me back to the days I used to watch old musicals. Those movies would transport me into another world entirely. I decided to search the web for some modern posters that were inspired by fonts and typography found in classic posters. Check out these awesome vintage and retro inspired typographical posters:

 

If you're looking to create your own Retro and Vintage Inspired Typographical Posters check out these awesome fonts from Creative Market:

 

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Valentine's Day Wedding Inspiration &Trends

Valentine's Day Wedding Inspiration &Trends


Though Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, some couples choose this day as a special time to tie the knot, often with small elopements or intimate affairs. Whether you choose a Valentine's Day wedding or one that falls the weekend after, you can add in some special details to keep the feeling of Valentine's Day alive.

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If you are dying to add a few special details and crafts to your big day, here are some great ideas to add into your Valentine's Day wedding (or any other wedding for that matter!) Get ready for a little red and pink madness that will make your big day awesome.


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A girl has got to look her best on her wedding day, and to do so, a girl needs a few fabulous details to make her look great from head to toe. A sparkle Bando heart or a pair of fabulous Vivian Westwood plastic shoes will do just the trick. These details just scream sophisticated Valentine's accessories.


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Though they are a details often forgotten, favors are a fun way to thank guests for coming and give them something personal to remember the day by. Boxes of small candies, a CD with music from the big day. or something else special is often times a very personal way to say thanks.


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If you are planning to have a Valentine's Day affair next year, here are a few unique Save The Date ideas to get your guests excited about your big day. A simple paint job (see the rest of this red paint shoot, it's awesome) or kraft paper save the date's with fingerprints from the happy couple.


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Sweet treats and fabulous florals are a necessity for any fabulous event. A color palette of vintage pinks and soft red's are a way to add Valentine's touches into a mid-February color palette.  A dessert bar full of macaroons are a great addition to any Valentine's dessert table.


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A heart cake is one of my favorite ideas ever, but for a Valentine's Day wedding, it is even better! When the couple cuts the cake open there will be a nice surprise for all he guests with a big heart down the center. You can get even more creative adding in different colors, or adding a heart in the center of cupcakes. So awesome right?


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Looks like we can't get enough of fabulous cake ideas when it comes to Valentine's. Truth of the matter is, that no matter when your wedding is, a heart cake topper is always a detail that will be well-received.


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It can be fun to play up the Valentine's theme at your special day if you add in certain details to make the look complete. Of course, feel free to add in many other elements that you feel make the day totally unique to you. Red, pink and a slew of hearts will never go out of style, so play it up and have fun crafting the perfect details for your big day.

Want more Valentine's Day inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board filled with lots of pink, red and an insane amount of hearts!

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Winter Wedding Trends & Inspiration

Winter Wedding Trends & Inspiration


Winter weddings are fabulous in their own right, and seeing as we are now in the thick of these winter months, you brides are some of the luckiest there are. Sure you don't get sunshine and hot days, but you get the chance of snow and creating a darn right cozy spot.

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Sparkles, snow, candles and blankets adorn these weddings to create a romantic space during these cold months. Oh and the color palettes, I can't get enough of these color palettes.


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For ceremony spaces, a cozy fireplace is the perfect backdrop to tie the knot. Details such as cotton and candles are perfect details to add to this space. Sparkly accessories are a fun way to add a little festive decor to any spot. And you can't go wrong with a little bit of sparkle every now and again.


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Wedding Trends 2011 - 2012 :: A Look Back & A Look Forward

Wedding Trends 2011 - 2012 :: A Look Back & A Look Forward


At the beginning of every year I often wonder that the next big things are going to be in the wedding industry. It always excites me what crafty people can put together and bring to life. And every year I am more and more excited with where trends have taken us and where we are now.

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I wanted to share a look back at some of the biggest trends of 2011 as well as some of the up-and-comers for 2012.

2011: Ombre


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Ombre hit big in 2011! It seemed like all of the sudden these monochromatic details were just the thing needed to create a romantic and elegant look. Of course, this trend will continue to hit weddings for years to come, but the gorgeousness that is ombre will definitely be remembered as the up-and-comer detail to have of 2011.

2012: Color Blocking


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Color blocking became popular right before the close of 2011. Every designer, especially Kate Spade, was embracing pairing one bold color to another until you created a well-executed look that made you pop. This trend is something that hasn't hit the wedding industry too hard just yet, but come 2012, we will see it in both subtle and obvious ways.

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Christmas Countdown: Advent Calendars

Christmas Countdown: Advent Calendars


It’s almost here! And, the countdown will soon begin. It’s the 25 day period before Christmas. One great way to celebrate the season is with an Advent Calendar.

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Antique Advent Calendar   ( Advent Calendar from Germany )

 

It’s almost here! And, the countdown will soon begin. It’s the 25 day period before Christmas. One great way to celebrate the season is with an Advent Calendar.

 

Here’s an easy and fun way to use a candle as an advent calendar. Each day the candle is lit and burned down to the next number. You can make one by using craft paint on the candle itself.

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Colette Patterns Gives Us Five Favorite Prints

Colette Patterns Gives Us Five Favorite Prints


Hi everyone, I'm Sarai, sewing writer and pattern designer for Colette Patterns. In honor of the release of my brand new book, The Colette Sewing Handbook, I thought I'd share a few of my all-time favorite textile prints for making clothes.

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In the chapter on fabric in my book, I go over a range of different types of prints and patterns, from florals to stripes. For me, there are a few types of prints that I always fall in love with at the fabric store.

Ikat

1. Schumacher Sunara Ikat | 2. Amy Butler Lark Glamour Kasbah Persimmon Red | 3. Annette Tatum Bohemian Ikat Diamond Pink

Ikat is a style of fabric weaving used throughout the world. Traditional ikat fabrics can be found in diverse cultures, from Japan to Guatemala. The graphic patterns are often produced in rich colors, and the resulting designs work so beautifully for everything from clothing to decor.

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Eric Carle - Daring You to Imagine a World with Purple Penguins and Lime Green Rhinos

Eric Carle - Daring You to Imagine a World with Purple Penguins and Lime Green Rhinos


Imagine a world where anything is possible—where dogs sport a luscious coat of pink fur, green cats preen themselves with zebra striped tongues, ruby red snakes have glowing purple polka dots, and rainbow spotted elephants spray orange slices from a mile long trunk. This is the world that Eric Carle dares his readers to imagine.

This article is presented by the leader in business card printing with fast turnaround times, Next Day Flyers.

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Eric Carle was born June 25, 1929 in Syracuse, New York. When he was six years old, he and his parents moved to Germany where he grew up and eventually graduated from Akademie der bildenden Künste, a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. He never forgot his American roots and returned to the place of his happiest childhood memories in 1952.

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The Sentiment of Paper Dolls Past and Present

The Sentiment of Paper Dolls Past and Present


Paper dolls and their costumes provide a look at cultures from around the world. They give us a glimpse at what was worn by men and women through the centuries. Celebrities were turned into paper dolls, as were storybook characters. Its easy to find your favorite subject in paper doll form; from Little Fanny to the Bobbsey Twins and The Flintstones to political cartoons. The history of the paper doll is likely unknown by many, so today, we're going to take a trip back in time to unearth the history of what every child was once familiar with!

This article presented by the offset flyer printing company, Next Day Flyers. Printing flyers and so much more.

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Our story begins in 1810 when S. & J. Fuller produced a small book. The moral story was accompanied by a series of hand colored little boys in various costumes that correspond with the story. They were somewhat unusual in that there was not a full body paper doll. Instead, there was a single head for the set of dolls that neatly fit in a v shaped horizontal slit on the back of each costume. Presumably one head was used to require the child to move the head from costume to costume as the story progressed. The book was titled The History & Adventures of Little Henry. It was the first in a series of similar books that became quite popular. The second book, also published in 1810 was History of Little Fanny. (source)

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The paper doll was even used in a Political cartoon from August 15th, 1925. The ad, originally in black and white, was restored and colored by Judy M. Johnson of Paper Goodies.

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This ad encourages its readers to "see just how she uses three of the Cutex "smoky" shades by cutting out the figures above" and goes on to talk about the 12 "smart shades" that are available for only 35¢. Yes, you read that right, just 35¢ in 1936!

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When paper dolls surged in popularity as toys, manufacturers of all kinds of household goods took advantage of their popularity by using them to promote their wares. Paper dolls appeared in advertising, some die-cut, some as cards to cut out. A few of the products advertised with paper dolls were Lyon's coffee, Pillsbury flour, Baker's chocolate, Singer sewing machines, Clark's threads, McLaughlin coffee and Hood's Sarsaparilla. These dolls were plentiful and are still fairly easy to find today, often pasted into colorful scrapbooks. Later, from the 1930s to the 1950s, companies put paper dolls into their magazine advertisements to sell such goods as nail polish, underwear, Springmaid fabrics, Quadriga Cloth, Ford Cars, Fels Naphtha and Swan soaps, Carter's clothing for children, and more. (source)

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The 1930s through the 1950s can perhaps claim the title "Golden Age of Paper Dolls," as their popularity during those years has never been equaled. Barbie may be credited or condemned for the decline in popularity of paper dolls in the 1960s. Paper-doll versions of Barbie and her sister, Skipper, were strong sellers in the 1970s. Boyfriend Ken and girlfriend Midge were also made as paper dolls. Paper Barbies appeared in books and in boxed sets from 1962 through the 1990s, and have dwindled to nearly nothing in the first years of the 21st Century.

Paper Dolls Today

VaVa farmed paper dolls from her childhood.

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Zevi likes to recreate paper dolls using fabric. This one in particular is Dolly Dingle.

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A playful portrait of yourself, your pets or your family. You provide the photos and choose the clothes, and they illustrate a quirky stylized moveable likeness of your favorite animal/person.

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 This gorgeous oversized postcard has all you need to dress Miss Clara up in her favourite winter outfits.

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Imogen is approximately 7 inches tall (18cm) and is printed on heavy weight matte card stock. She comes with quite a wardrobe as well! Summer outfits, winter attire, beachwear and sleepwear. 8 outfits in all, plus coordinating accessories.

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These lovely paper dolls are printed on heavy-duty water-resistant magnetic paper. These magnets preserve the detail of the original watercolors. They will stick to any metal surface: fridge, file cabinet, or anything else in your nest that needs feathering.

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I love these Betsy McCall Halloween paper dolls from 1953.

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It is possible to unearth paper dolls from the past. Looking in books and through loose pieces of paper is a great way to start. There are paper doll conventions held throughout the year if you're hoping to find antique paper dolls from their early debut. Creating your own paper dolls can be really fun, especially for kids! It allows you to personalize your dolls clothes, hair, facial features etc. The possibilities are endless!

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The Art of the Band Poster: Featuring DKNG Studios

The Art of the Band Poster: Featuring DKNG Studios


The art of true poster design from sketch to illustration to finished screen print is a fantastic experience! The hours of work that go in to some of these designs are impressive in itself! One of my favorite designers, hands down is DKNG Studios.

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dkngstudios.com used a simple 3-color illustrative design for this gorgeous poster. Can you spy the wine glass?
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Explosions in the Sky 

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Explosions in the Sky - Poster Process from DKNG Studios on Vimeo.

The process is so exciting to watch as the final version takes form before your very eyes. As a designer, I appreciate process videos to learn techniques and style I might like to try out in other designs.


Phish poster by DKNG Studios 

This was a 4-color screen print on Astro Black paper. More image, high-res views of the poster and shots from the show in Southern California are on the DKNG blog.
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The Appleseed Cast poster by DKNG Studio
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The National Poster by DKNG Studios

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I simply can't get enough of the world at DKNG Studios! Between process videos and finished artwork previews, their artistic style is one of the most inspiring I have seen in a long time.

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